Happy Birthday, Nola Mae!
Nola Mae is special to us for many reasons…
She is named after my Grandma Nola.
She is smart and a great problem solver. (She didn’t have a bag along, so she stored her notebook in her hat.)
She will be able to say that she has skied every year of her life, as long as she doesn’t move away from our winter wonderland.
1st year on skis
2nd year on skis
3rd year on skis (this was on her 3rd birthday)
4th year on skis
She is very flexible (she loves to eat snow while skiing).
I uploaded my video on youtube of Nola Mae going down a fairly steep hill: https://youtu.be/m05E79MrrFY
She has three older brothers who adore her.
She loves being outside.
She loves her babies.
She loves to help others and do jobs.
Because she has no sisters, she has a special friend who she adores and often plays “sisters” with.
My favorite blog post I wrote about Nola Mae is “With No Mom”: https://skiingmama.wordpress.com/2015/10/23/with-no-mom/
She hasn’t changed much in many of the areas of her personality since her last birthday post:
I have this friend, she encouraged me to be a better mother, wife and person.
She is my best friend.
My coffee drinking and chocolate eating partner.
We talked on the phone, just about every other day, had coffee together once a week. She would always remember to check back with me when I was having a rough day or week, encouraging me and showing me love.
We talked about life, God, religion, parenting, marriage, family, caregiving, authors, books, rummage sales, antique stores, crafting, dogs, flowers, gardening, rocks and my clothes line.
We laughed and we cried together.
She showed love to my kids as if they were her grandchildren.
We went for walks. I convinced her to go snow shoeing with me, twice.
She had a huge heart and a beautiful smile that I will never forget.
Skiing with Friends
Our Christmas break has ended and the boys are back in school today. One of our biggest highlights was skiing with friends. My dream is to make this happen every Christmas break. Three out of the five friends never skied before, by the end of the day they were skiing like they were born to ski!